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"The vibe" and "the glide": surfing through the voices of longboarders

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article reads transcripts of interviews conducted with longboarders to

    advance a fresh understanding of localism. Conventionally, historians and

    sociologists have framed localism around the practices, motives and experiences

    of surfers who ride shortboards. This approach tends to silence the voice of other

    groups of surfers, including longboarders. Drawing on ideas from cultural

    geography, this article explores the motivations and experiences of longboarders

    who are largely marginalised within shortboard surfing culture. In this study we

    are interested in the bodily affects of longboarding, which gives meaning to

    individual lived experiences of riding waves. Bodily affects are understood as

    performative emotions that enable people to know and shape relationships with

    other human body-selves, as well as non-human entities. Bodily affects are

    expressed through narratives of ‘‘the vibe’’ and ‘‘the glide’’, and the emotions

    include shame, fear and joy. While some longboarders confirmed the exclusionary

    and often violent behaviours associated with localism, there were also participants

    advocating for a more sociable approach to riding waves.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Waitt, G. R. & Frazer, R. (2012). "The vibe" and "the glide": surfing through the voices of longboarders. Journal of Australian Studies, 36 (3), 327-343.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84865049230

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4782

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 327

End Page


  • 343

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This article reads transcripts of interviews conducted with longboarders to

    advance a fresh understanding of localism. Conventionally, historians and

    sociologists have framed localism around the practices, motives and experiences

    of surfers who ride shortboards. This approach tends to silence the voice of other

    groups of surfers, including longboarders. Drawing on ideas from cultural

    geography, this article explores the motivations and experiences of longboarders

    who are largely marginalised within shortboard surfing culture. In this study we

    are interested in the bodily affects of longboarding, which gives meaning to

    individual lived experiences of riding waves. Bodily affects are understood as

    performative emotions that enable people to know and shape relationships with

    other human body-selves, as well as non-human entities. Bodily affects are

    expressed through narratives of ‘‘the vibe’’ and ‘‘the glide’’, and the emotions

    include shame, fear and joy. While some longboarders confirmed the exclusionary

    and often violent behaviours associated with localism, there were also participants

    advocating for a more sociable approach to riding waves.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Waitt, G. R. & Frazer, R. (2012). "The vibe" and "the glide": surfing through the voices of longboarders. Journal of Australian Studies, 36 (3), 327-343.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84865049230

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4782

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 327

End Page


  • 343

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia